I have a long love affair with spinning. I am a huge advocate of it and endorse it as much as possible to friends, co-workers and gym buddies.
A friend once said to me, “I don’t know about it, I’m not into someone screaming at me while I workout”, or something to that effect. Basically, I get the feeling that everyone thinks that a spinning class is a torture chamber where you’re chained to a bike and screamed at for 45 minutes. Although I have been in classes where the instructor yelled things like “HEAD DOWN, DO NOT LOOK AT ME, MOOOOOVE IT!!!”, but that is not the norm. In fact, most spinning classes are up-beat, fun, cheerful and pumped with wicked awesome music. You certainly won’t hear me screaming like that instructor did to me, but that’s ’cause that’s just not how I roll.
If you have never tried a class, I strongly encourage you to go. It’s the one class where you can go at your pace (contrary to what people think), you can set your own resistance, and can experience a totally different workout than you’ve ever had before. Here are some of my top reasons to hit up your nearest spin class.
1. Burn Baby, Burn
In a 45-minute class, I burn on average around 450 calories. A 60 minute class kicks that up to 600 calories. Depending on the type of drills you do in the class, that can skyrocket to upwards of 700 calories. Tabata type drills really help increase the HR and catapult you to a whole new level.
2. Progress at Your Own Pace
The greatest thing about spinning (other than the burn) is that you can progress at your own pace. You can set to a lower resistance if you’re just beginning and ramp it up as you go. If you’re a seasoned rider, you know that you can crank the resistance up and really work it. Either way, you decide what kind of workout you want.
3. Time Flies
Seriously. 45 minutes goes by SO quick. You won’t even notice how long you’ve been on the bike because you’re having so much fun.
4. The Music!
Time flies because of the music. I spend a lot of time creating my playlists. I really enjoy creating them and each song moves nicely into the next. I remember one spin class felt like 15 minutes, all because of the instructor’s coaching and music. It was awesome!
5. Mental State and Strength
Spinning is one of those workouts where I personally, can really push myself. It’s totally all about your mental state. Some days are good, some are bad.. but when I’m having a bad day and really not up to working hard, I realize it’s all about my mental strength. When the right song hits, it moves me. Pumps me up and I can get into a zone, pushing myself. I close my eyes, let my body relax, take a deep breath and push even harder. Spinning is a great way to push your mental strength. I always tell my classes, you have more to give then you think. Dig deep mentally and you will produce!